Josh Freeman’s Best GameNovember 2nd, 2010
Bucs fans are still riding on Cloud-9 over the thrilling win over the Cardinals in Arizona. Part of that is because of the offense the Bucs showed.
Sure, LeGarrette Blount’s hurdling, eye-popping 48-yard run was sizzling and he helped open up the Bucs’ passing game.
As a result, Josh Freeman very well may have had his best game in the NFL. That’s what cool cat Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times reports. He touched base with Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson who lauded Freeman’s play.
“I felt like Josh probably played his best game as a Buc,” Olson said. “He went 18-for-25 for (72) percent completion (percentage), but after watching the film, really he had four drops; it could have very easily been a 23-of-25 game.”
Of course, Olson said they would have preferred a theoretical 23-of-26, if Freeman had thrown the ball away instead of taking a late fourth-quarter sack. But Olson said that the way Freeman handled the loud crowd, and adverse circumstances, made this game special.
“It was really a game where he was hitting hands and was very accurate, and to me, he was in the flow of the game and the game came to him (Sunday),” Olson said. “To see him do that on the road and … in a hostile environment where he’s having to make a lot of calls at the line of scrimmage and walk to the line of scrimmage and communicate to everybody. It’s really a tribute to him and what his preparation has been like.”
As Joe has written several times, the Bucs offense seems to be on the cusp of absolutely blowing up, now that it appears they have found their No. 1 back in Blount.
Joe’s of the belief that Olson needs to turn Freeman and the young offense loose. Throw the doors wide open. Until the Bucs defense shows it can shut down average teams (much less good teams), the Bucs are going to have to outscore opponents, as the Bucs did Sunday.
Giving up 305 yards passing to the likes of Max Hall and Derek Anderson gives Joe the hives. That’s not what playoff teams do.